From Canon Andrew in Jerusalem

Update from Jerusalem

Canon Andrew with Rabbi Michael Melchiorr

Canon Andrew with Rabbi Michael Melchior

What a day it was in Jerusalem yesterday. Meetings, meetings and meetings. With the most senior political and religious Jewish leaders. Talking about major meetings between major leaders from here and Iraq. It is going to be so significant to have Jews, Christians, Shia and Sunni all together. We pray for G-d’s direction and supernatural intervention.

The picture on the left is me with my dear Friend Rabbi Michael Melchior the former Government Minister in Jerusalem. Such a wonderful time I love him, G-d loves him and we have so many huge things planned.

Today, I am just off to the Garden Tomb to take a service for 350 people with Benny Hinn. We all need to see G-d’s resurrection Glory. I so need it today and I beg your prayer for a major life changing situation for all our people in Iraq that we are working on today.

Grace, Peace and Blessings,

Canon Andrew White - the Vicar of Baghdad

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The Isaiah 19 Highway Tour

Dear friends,

As some of you will know from Canon Andrew’s posts on Facebook we are moving forward with plans for the most amazing, scriptural tour of the Isaiah 19 Highway.

The Isaiah 19 Highway Tour will take you to each of the lands mentioned in Isaiah 19. We will go to Israel, visiting the Galilee, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Then it will be off to Mount Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments from G-d in Egypt, before travelling back through Israel. There will then be the option to return to the UK or USA, or to travel on to do the truly unique part of the trip, visiting Assyria (Iraq) – here is where the glory really is and all will be explained.

For more information about the tour, dates and costs – and to register your interest – please just click on the button below.

The Isaiah 19 Highway Tour

The Name of the Holy One

Every few months I write explaining why I never write the full name of G-d. So today I thought I would again give the reason.I hold to this practice because in essence once I finished my medical days I became a student of Judaism. I had loved Judaism since I was a child and when I got to Cambridge after my basic Christian theology it was Judaism that became my main focus of academic interest.

For part of my time at Cambridge I went and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. That was a good but a rather liberal place. I became increasingly close to the Ultra Orthodox and ended up spending time studying at the Ultra Orthodox seminary/Yeshiva in Mea Shearim in Jerusalem. It turned out to be the most significant thing I have done in my life apart from marrying the best wife in the world.

It was here that I learned that the name of the Holy One was so awesome and so mighty that it could never be fully written in Hebrew. A letter would always be left out. Though the injunction really applied to the Hebrew, nobody I was with would write the name of the Almighty in English either!

To this day I find it so difficult hearing Christians singing and mentioning the name of G-d. The Holy name that was mentioned only once a year by the High Priest in the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur, at the very heart of Judaism is the might, wonder and holiness of the Almighty. There is no room for flippancy only awe and wonder. Every time I write the name of G-d I am full of the same awe.

It is no mistake that in modern Hebrew today (Ivrit) G-d is referred to as Ha Shem which literally means the NAME. It is indeed the way that our Lord Jesus mentioned the Lord at the beginning of the Lords Prayer. Holy Be THE Name. His name is higher than any other. Thus the name of the Almighty is so Holy and mighty that I do not and cannot write it in full.

So this is why I only write G-d. I know I do not have to do this but it is out of total honour, reverence and praise to the ONE WHO WAS, AND IS AND IS TO COME. What the very name of G-d means. Though I spend much of my time now in Iraq I still love Judaism and Israel. I will never forget the words of our Lord to Abram, Abraham, Ibrahaim, Avraham, as he left Iraq. “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you”. This is indeed a promise to Abraham and his seed forever. An injunction to all to love the people of Israel and I always will!

By the time you read this I will be back in England with my curate Faiz and his wife Nawal who heads our Mothers Union. Also with us is my Lina. So we will have a busy and active few days seeing everybody from the Archbishop of Canterbury down.

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